Resolutions: Man's and God's

'Ready Answer' by Ronny H. Graham

The idea of making resolutions to improve oneself is commendable, but we should carefully consider the kind of resolutions we make.


Choosing the New Man (Part Two)

Article by Charles Whitaker

The spiritual new man is one who is reconciled to God and has chosen to collaborate with Him in creating a totally new mind—one just like Christ's!


Choosing the New Man (Part Three)

Article by Charles Whitaker

Who or what is the new man? Charles Whitaker explains that the new man is Jesus Christ Himself, living in us by His Spirit!


Why We Must Put Out Leaven

Article by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our baby boys? Is deleavening 'Old Covenant'?


New Year's Resolutions

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

New Year's resolutions fail because they are too unrealistic or too many. If we set spiritual goals like many set New Year's resolutions, we will fail.


Are We Ready for Change?

Article by Bill Onisick

Paul describes the Christian life as a process of change: from the old man to the new man. However, we typically resist change because it is difficult.


Highly Skilled Overcomers

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, recapping the essentials of Cal Newport's book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, affirms that following our passions can be dangerous career counsel unless we put the concept in context. Following our passions only applies if we invest the career capital to perfect our craft, honing our skills so that other …


To Test You

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid warns of an impending time when Satan will provide us a "test act" to determine whether we will conform to the image of the Beast or face grave, life-threatening consequences. Likewise, God the Father and Jesus Christ have also provided a "test act" determining whether we will stay loyal to God's …


Sin and Overcoming (Part 3): The Battle For Eternal Life

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on an incident years ago when a member of God's church exclaimed 'I don't mind being Laodicean; they are part of God's church too,' felt an inward horror that one would not mind remaining lukewarm and subject to being vomited out. The Laodicean temperament falls seriously short in promoting the …


Our Affinity to Christ

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our lives must be totally wrapped up in Christ, exemplifying His character. As we overcome, taking the same steps as Christ did, we will receive His reward.


The Burden of Sin

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

The Scriptures prove that Christ alone bears our sins and takes them from us; we have no power to cast our burdens upon Christ, nor dump sins on the cross.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Twenty-Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Much of Protestantism misconstrues the significance of the New Covenant as a 'free pass into Heaven' without paying attention to the Law within the Covenant.


Teaching Us to Think (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God instructs us to be living sacrifices. Too many drag this change out over decades, thereby self-limiting the process of sanctification.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Fifteen):The Israel of God

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The top priority for the Israel of God is to cooperate with Him as He develops godly character through their mortifying the old man and putting on the new man.


Deleavening the Home

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

[Editor's note - Audio Quality improves at 5m30s] Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the spring cleaning associated with deleavening, reminds us that God is a God of order, sustaining and upholding all things, and encourages us to clean, maintain, dress and keep, improving what He has given us. As God's creation, He works to make …


Forgiving, Giving, and Living

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God possesses attributes that are His alone, like omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But there are other attributes that become part of our new nature.


Themes of I Corinthians (Part 4)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While most of the world's Christians understand the sacrificial theme of the Passover, they fail to grasp the knowledge of actively overcoming sin, largely because of the concepts of 'free' grace and 'unconditional' forgiveness taught by Protestant theologians. They forget the covenantal aspect of our relationship with God; …


Clothing, Wineskins, and Wine

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

The Parable of the Cloth and the Wineskins concludes a much longer narrative. The context and reveals deeper meanings and applications of the parable.


Eternal Security (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that God is a working God, creating holy, righteous, divine character with the goal of recreating man in His image. From the time of our justification until our glorification in God's Kingdom, it almost seems 'downhill,' with sanctification being a difficult road. Works are not only required during …


Character and Reputation

Article by James Beaubelle

Obedience to God's instructions brings a Christian excellent benefits, and one of the greatest of these is working with God to grow in righteous character.


Magic Doesn't Work (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Magic is always used as some kind of weapon, but not to build or develop moral strength or character. God chooses a life-long process of sanctification.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In Colossians 2:16 and Galatians 4:9-10, Paul was warning against mixing Gnostic asceticism and pagan customs with the keeping of God's Sabbath and Holy Days.


Teaching Us To Think (Part Three): Proving God's Will

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As God tests His people, He desires that they test and prove His Laws to demonstrate that they invariably work, to prove these principles by following them.


In Him Was Life

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Although we have physical-chemical existence, we do not yet have God's quality of life. The key quality of eternal life is a vibrant relationship with God.


Real Conversion

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The process of conversion is actually God's workmanship creating a new spiritual being with godly spiritual character- the image of Christ.


Abraham (Part Eight)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we surrender to God, allowing Him to shape character in us, He will enable us to live in hope, giving us direct access to Him, giving us a more abundant life.